The Race For Time: Managing Your Time Wisely, By our intern: Jaimee Kennett

24 hours. 1,440 minutes. 86,400 seconds. 7 days a week. Repeat.

That sure does seem like a lot of time… But where does it all go?

 

That’s a great question!

 

In our society, we are told that timing and motivation is key to success. Now that may be true, but then most of us find ourselves watching the clock tick by. We like to focus on what is to be done rather than actually getting it done. Why? It’s simple! Because it’s easier that way!

The question we need to ask ourselves is this: Where will my success come from if I don’t manage my time wisely and work for it? The answer seems self-explanatory.

Motivating ourselves to use our time wisely can be tricky. One minute we are on track, headed to work or getting ready for that big interview, and the next, we are on our Instagram or Facebook reading about the next trending event in the news or watching those irresistible food videos that we just can’t seem to get away from…So what can we do to change all of this?

Below is a matrix of the relevant time management techniques that will help you succeed in your daily routines:

Now let’s break down the chart:

 

1. Create a schedule. If you find that your list of things to accomplish is just far too long to remember, make a schedule of what you need to do. Listing out every detail that you need to complete on any given day will guide you to success. Don’t forget to list everything from important meetings to even grocery shopping. Doing so will help to improve your clarity, effectiveness and stress levels. Here is an example of a schedule that helps me in my daily activities:

2. Never over-commit. How often have you said yes to someone and regretted your decision at the end of day? I think we all have done that a few times in our lives, maybe even more. Sometimes it’s okay to say no. Going back to self-assess your priorities will help to keep you on track, and by the way it’s okay to say yes, but be aware of the consequences. You don’t want to over-commit and not be able to accomplish your own work/personal tasks.

3. Identify top priorities. When starting your day, you should always be proactive rather than reactive. Color-coding your top 3 tasks or priorities will make for a better day. Below is an example of my top three priorities:

Can you list yours?


4. Remember to be flexible. Sometimes things come up, and unexpected events can interrupt your daily routines… That’s okay! Instead of resisting the interruption, try to bend with it! Weave in extra time to allow for interruptions or unexpected events that may occur!

5. Plan Ahead. It’s always good to know exactly what you are going to do on a given day. For example, I like to make my schedule for the week’s events on Sunday night so I know what I will be doing for the week way in advance. Doing so will help with the consistency of your schedule and make for a smooth-running week!

6. Invest in your timely schedule.  Success is not going to just fall into your lap. Working hard and managing your time wisely goes hand in hand to meet all of your potential goals.  If you invest in the time, then you will see results!

 

There are so many benefits that can come out of managing your time wisely. This may include getting more done, receiving more opportunities in your daily routine, and even reducing a whole lot of stress! However, you must work to achieve these results. Working smarter by documenting your daily work/life balance priorities will help keep you focused and on schedule with achieving your ambitions! As the author, Stephen R. Convey once said:

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it”